The national office is staffed by a small, focused team of professionals with a wide range of experience. 


We provide our members with a collective voice, working with them to influence key decision-makers in Parliament and government to promote the sound administration of the law and the role of magistrates. We also provide free advice, support and guidance for all members; create community engagement opportunities through our Magistrates in the Community initiative; publish MAGISTRATE, the only magazine dedicated to the magistracy; and hold a number of events every year.


Chief executive

As head of staff, Tom has overall responsibility for the management of the organisation and finances. He supports and reports to the board of trustees and provides assistance to the national officers.


Director of finance and resources

Ray is responsible for our finances and general operations, which includes ensuring we are compliant with all relevant regulations. He also ensures the smooth operation of our resource functions and infrastructure.


Lisa Whitehead - Membership and Events Manager (Interim)

Head of membership, branch development and events 

Lisa is responsible for membership and branch activities, ensuring effective member recruitment, retention, communication, engagement and services. She ensures that branches have the right tools they need to run effectively and additionally manages the MA national events.

Direct line: 020 7255 9000


Head of marketing and communications

Alexandra oversees all the MA's internal and external communications and, along with the rest of the senior management team, is responsible for increasing membership recruitment, engagement and retention.

Direct line: 020 3937 8862


Melodie Hyams - Communications Officer

Editor of MAGISTRATE *

Melodie's main areas of responsibility are: MAGISTRATE magazine, MA website (members' section), MA corporate style and MA images. 
(part time)

Direct line: 020 7255 9008


Media and communications officer

Ceren is part of the communications team and manages MA’s press office. She is also responsible for the organisation’s other communication activities including social media.

Direct line: 020 7255 9001


Training, learning and development officer    

Janet is part of the policy team and is responsible for the ongoing learning and development of our members.

Direct line: 020 3937 8865


Policy and research officer

Samira is one of our two policy and research officers leading on our influencing and advocacy work. She supports our adult court committee, as well as our youth magistrates, and Black and Asian minority ethnic networks. 

Direct line: 020 7255 9007


Policy and research officer

Helen is one of our two policy and research officers leading on our influencing and advocacy work. She supports our family court and youth court committees, as well as our magistrates with disabilities and LGBT+ networks. 

Direct line: 020 3937 8850


Celestine Woodham - Membership and Events Assistant

Membership and events assistant

Célestine provides all-round membership and administrative support.

Direct line: 020 3937 8851


Staff without direct lines indicated above can be reached via our main switchboard: 020 7387 2353.